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Beth was born in a swamp. Okay, more accurately, she was born in a hospital near a swamp, but that’s close enough to romanticize the origin of this Lafayette, Louisiana native. Described by audiences as “a cross between a cobra and a puppy,” multi-instrumentalist Beth Patterson is foremost a player of the eight- and ten-stringed Irish bouzoukis (adaptations of a traditional Greek instrument). Known for her razor wit and musical versatility, her performances are chock-full of drive, savage energy, and passion, laced with humor and rapport with her listeners, dishing out an eclectic repertoire of original and traditional songs. She integrates her quirky, progressive sound with Celtic music and other ethnic styles, resulting in her own sound she dubs “SWAP” (Songwriter/World/Acoustic/Progressive).
She studied at the University College Cork, Ireland, where she explored the music of Ireland, West Africa, India, Indonesia, and the Caribbean, and began to experiment with fusions of these world gems with her musical old flames. This finally rendered her with the mind of a prog rocker, the heart of a world music-lover…and let’s just skip the part about her soul.
Ms. Patterson has released seven solo CDs and has received airplay in the every continent (Antarctica notwithstanding). She has appeared on over a hundred and seventy recordings (including the nationally-charting Change of Habit by her former band The Poor Clares). Soundtrack appearances include the motion picture The One-Eyed King (starring William Baldwin and Armand Assante), and Mike Judge’s Mirimax release Extract . She’s performed in eighteen countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Various artists have recorded over a hundred of her compositions and co-writes across the US, France, Ireland, and New Zealand. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University, New Orleans. But she claims that her work will not be finished until the word “bouzouki” is no longer flagged by spell-checkers worldwide.
Sole Gaze(SG) is an original project based out of New Orleans, LA that focuses on lyrically driven songs to invoke feeling and movement. Created as a reaction to songwriter Simone Maya’s passion for both classic soul and psychedelic rock, Sole Gaze incorporates influence from a variety of sounds. SG aims to invoke passion, intrigue and resonance in their listeners by pulling on guitar strings and heart strings alike to create an environment that sets you free.
Cassie is an artist and crafter, reader of Lenormand and Holy Crown cards. She walks the luminal spaces with Hecate, and a host of Dieties, Spirits and Ancestors. Cassie is happy to share her visions, laughter and stories with all who step into the circle with her, light the fires, and dance!
Vovin describes himself as a Thelemic Luciferian Kaos Mystic. A lover and seeker of all ARTz. A creator of art & magick and magical art. He is the designer of the magical board game Noar, creator of an Algolian Sigil Oracle card deck, and co-creator of the sonick sigil system of magick. He is a member of Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), The Order of Phosphorus (TOPH), Ordo Algol (OA), and the APes of ThOTh (Ath). He is also a long time practitioner of Enochian Tesseract magick.
His musick he describes as psyKaos or TranSonic. His poetry he describes as Mystical Alchemy of the Heart.
If there is one thing he would like people to remember is “All is fair in art and magik, and baby art IS magick”.
Yoga is like making art with your body; the mat is your canvas. Come paint the shades of your body with Bianca, New Orleans’ own full figured and heart centered yoga teacher. Bianca’s style is a mixture of high energy vinyasa flow and introspective restorative relaxation while also fostering inclusivity and body positivity.
She is a graduate of Balance Yoga Wellness + Ayurveda’s 200 hour teacher training, Yoga Education Institute’s prenatal yoga certification and Amber Karnes and Diane Bondy’s Yoga for all certification. Aside from yoga Bianca is also a Registered Veterinary Technician, Certified Birth Doula and bruja.
Regardless if you are a seasoned yogi or an absolute novice, come create a masterpiece on your mat.
“As one always fascinated by the wisdom in dreams, I was led to study hypnotherapy under the guidance of some amazing modern day Shamans and Mystics. I love working with the other spiritual seekers to unlock our inner transformative super powers and become acquainted with parts yet unknown.
I am here to hold your kite strings allowing you to let go and immerse yourself in your own inner experience. My soul rarely feels so harmonized as when I am aiding others in creating ‘dreamscapes’ that serve as personalized, interactive framework for communicating with the infinite- for lack of a better word (or perhaps the existence of too many)…”
grew up along Bayou Lafourche on the coast, but traveled for many years. It was among the outcasts and iconoclasts that Alexis honed her prodigious storytelling skills, often spinning fanciful yarns to avoid a harrowing death. After being rescued by her true love she returned to her home along the bayou. Her days are spent tending her chickens, telling stories, making art, and herding her children.
is a flow artist, musician, and teacher of both arts. He’s been spinning poi for 5 years and works with all things on strings. He will push you past your level of ordinary with his hands on poi lesson involving spinning balls on strings while dancing.
matriarch of Blodsvara will be holding a discussion about A Heathen Woman’s Hearth. Amanda is a registered nurse of 14 years that professionally specializes in Infection Control. In her class she hopes to share knowledge that will heal a different type of infection. The one that paints the tribal life as archaic and a staunch patriarchy when in fact it is your deeds that speak for you not your gender.
It is important to note that each tribe will be governed differently and that is what makes the way of the past so important to our future.
Blodsvara is a tribal Heathen group founded on and firmly rooted in the concepts and world view held by our ancestors for over a millennia before the Viking age. Blodsvara seeks to incorporate these ancient traditions with our more recent ancestral and local traditions to rebuild a functional tribal community and create its own brand of Heathenry that is unique unto itself & relevant to the modern world in which we live today.
I am a Minister, Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Mentor, Cupping Therapist and Sound Healing Alchemist. I have been practicing Healing Arts for over 20 years. I do consider myself a Mystic often combining Shamanic trance work into my healing sessions. I let spirit guide me. In my private sessions I will often combine different modalities together to create an amazing Spiritual Physical, & Emotional healing experience for the entire Holistic body. These sessions are personally customized for each individual intuitively using Massage, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Crystals, Cupping, and Sound Therapy. In a group setting I create a beautiful relaxing, releasing, experience which uses sound & crystal therapy of the crystal singing bowls, and chimes, combined with Reiki Energy to stimulate the Energy Body, Emotional, Spiritual and Physical body, on a level in which you must experience to truly appreciate.
FemPyre is a fire performance group that provides hypnotic entertainment in a variety of venues. We want to empower women through fire manipulation in a safe, welcoming environment.
Daphne Moon is a Priestess, certified through Sisters in Celebration and is an ordained minister in the New Haven Native American Church. She has studied many forms of ceremony, ritual and circle and draws inspiration most directly from Hindu scripture, Yogic teachings, Dianic circles, and Lakota practices. Her ceremony is non-denominational and allows for many levels of participation, giving each individual the opportunity to join or witness at their level of comfort and desire.
She is an YACEP E-RYT with two 200 HR certifications in Hatha & Karma Yoga and has been teaching since 2012. Daphne uses the Sacred STAYS style of coaching, blending Conscious Language, Sacred Body Language Translations and a direct connection to Spirit to discover unconscious patterns and beliefs in herself and others to unlock joy, passion, abundance, power, pleasure and more!
Brianna is a tribal fusion belly dancer and fire manipulator from Dallas. She has trained in Rachel Brice’s 8 elements program and brings years of experience with belly dancing in a variety of settings from renaissance festivals to clubs. She specializes in prop work and looks forward to sharing a few tips and tricks.
Jo is a professional journalist by day and a fire performer by night. She’s been playing with fire since 2015, and her specialty is a fire-eating act that’s sure to please any crowd. She co-founded FemPyre in 2017 with Brianna Apsara to bring together women and empower them to try fire arts in a safe, supportive environment.
Stacy is the Director of Studio Fortuna, A North Texas Dance Troupe. She has been an ATS (American Tribal Style) belly dancer since 2012, and a certified instructor since 2015. Teaching across North Texas, and Louisiana.
She has an intense love for this improv dance, and the prop work that comes with it. And continues to break the rules she so carefully learned by adding unconventional props (parasols, skulls, horns/antlers) AND dance styles (Irish step work, burlesque, ballroom) to her ATS works.
Just some of our amazing Dancers…